David Rosman

COLUMN: Libertarian candidates for Ninth District U.S. representative not viable

Neither Libertarian candidate for the 9th congressional district seemed ready to pass the test for being a good representative at the League of Women Voters' debate.

COLUMN: Health care suit exercises freedom, but argument is no-win

The lieutenant governor's lawsuit is an example of every citizen's right to address greivances, but the argument over government authority is a states' rights issue.

COLUMN: the Constitution vs. nondiscrimination policies

The U.S. Supreme Court has, in recent years, dealt with cases that pit First Amendment rights against universities' nondiscrimination policies.

COLUMN: Handgun use hinges on interpretation of 'self-defense'

This week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a ban on handguns has fueled debate on the Founding Fathers' intentions in protecting the right to bear arms.

COLUMN: Pedestrian mall should be part of planning discussions for Columbia's future

Similar programs in Denver, New York and Boulder, Colo., have been successful. It could work in Columbia, too.

COLUMN: You can't get there from here — at least, not on Columbia Transit

The Columbia Transit bus system is inconvenient and should be replaced with an expanded service that runs according to a grid system.

COLUMN: Umpire Jim Joyce shows integrity under fire

Umpire Jim Joyce's erroneous call cost Armando Galarraga his perfect game. Joyce later apologized to Galarraga, turning his mistake into an example of sportsmanship and integrity. 

COLUMN: Otis the steer-cow has some identity issues

The male steer on "Back at the Barnyard" has udders. And that's just wrong.

COLUMN: Rewriting textbooks would send America back to the dark ages

Many states could fall victim to the revisions to the curriulum in Texas, the nation's biggest textbook buyer. But the new curriculum threatens the First Amendment, the Constitution, centuries of history and a millenia of progress.  

COLUMN: IBM likely to have a hard time living up to hype

IBM will be good for Columbia, but it won't be quite as beneficial for the community as it has been hyped to be.

COLUMN: National Prayer Day judgment is right

Karl is right. There is no penalty for not observing National Prayer Day since it is not a “law.” Unfortunately, as with any law, rule or suggestion of public prayer, not observing makes one different and being different is not acceptable in our polite society.

COLUMN: Thoughtful vigilance will keep us safe

We have learned from the past, but we must continue to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye for ourselves and our fellow citizens.

COLUMN: Religion shouldn't define Missouri's new women's basketball coach

New women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton is already being unfairly criticized for her Christian affiliations. 

COLUMN: Obama's speech in Macon a disappointment

While good in a technical sense, President Barack Obama's speech in Macon was disappointingly short and devoid of concrete goals.

COLUMN: Most commenters add valuable voice to the conversation

Most commentators are looking to strike up a conversation, using verifiable facts and sources that can be found and analyzed.

COLUMN: Politicians' secession threats are childish

Politicians need to grow up and resolve issues with civil communication. That is, unless we want our state and federal government to be run by 5-year-old children.

Not reporting crime is a shameful act

Eye-witnesses who do not stop or report a crime are a major problem.

COLUMN: 'Conspicuous' cameras mean criminals know where they are

Money for surveillance cameras could be better spent on attracting businesses or improving public transportation.

COLUMN: Eliminating front license plates would cost money, not save it

Removing front license plates would not be cost effective because there are $1.4 million worth of license plates and tags already in stock. Plus, the red-light cameras would have to be reworked, so they could function without a front license plate.

COLUMN: A corporation isn't an individual, can't run for Congress

A corporation in Maryland is running for Congress. In January, the United States Supreme Court decided it is unconstitutional to limit amounts of money corporations can spend on candidates, because they are "individuals." I think it is a wonderful idea that this corporation decided to run. Still, a corporation is not a registered voter, and Murray Hill Inc. is only two years old.